Wednesday, January 11, 2012

River Cane

River cane grows wild along many branches in our area. There's none on our place -- perhaps in the past the farmers got rid of it or perhaps it prefers a lower elevation. 

River cane was an important resource for the Cherokees who used  it to make baskets . . .

Blowguns . . .
The hot links will take you to more information about these indigenous crafts, as well as to the sites where I found the images.
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11 comments:

Ms. A said...

The last photo looks like it can get really tall.

Alan Burnett said...

I assume it is related to the bamboo. Looks like the kind of material you would want around if you were marooned on the proverbial desert island.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

There is some cane near the Campbell Folk School over our way. The Cherokees were very talented in using their resources. That's a lovely basket.
Sam

Brian Miller said...

it astounds me a bit to look at the raw cane and then at that basket...that is some skill....

Kath said...

Hmmm. We assumed we had invasive bamboo on our bottom land, but got to take a more careful look.

Deanna said...

That river cane reminds me of bamboo. I'll bet the baskets are super strong!

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Vicki

I love the flute picture. I have to agree with your other readers~river cane does look like bamboo.

Have a great day and evening.

Best
Tracy :)

Martin said...

I don't I've ever heard of River Cane before. Pretty versatile material, though. Love the flutes.

Star said...

I've never heard of river cane before, but it looks a lot like bamboo. The baskets are very pretty and I love to read about the origins of these things. I suppose the river cane is invasive? like bamboo perhaps so I could understand if the farmers cleared it out.

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NCmountainwoman said...

No matter how often I come across it in the mountains, the cane always surprises me and looks so out of place.